Giveaway: Fandango Gift Card in Honor of “Life of Crime”

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The good people over at Partnershub are giving away a  $15 Fandango gift card in honor of the theatrical release of the film Life of Crime starring Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and John Hawkes and as a reader/follower of my blog, it could be yours. The movie is based on the work of Elmore Leonard, author of a number of crime books which eventually became the movies Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown…. and now Life of Crime. 

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What You Need To Know

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Contributor For:

The Large Association of Movie Blogs (LAMB) [Film Festival Contributor]
Cinematic Katzenjammer [Film Contributor]
Blerdnation [Blog Contributor]


Recognition: 

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Nominated for Best Movie Genre Blog - Independent Cinema as voted on by The Large Association of Movie Blogs (2013)

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Causes:

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AFFRM (African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement) empowers black indie filmmakers with collaborative, simultaneous theatrical distribution.

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Atlanta, GA (follow me on instagram)

Playlist: 10 Songs that Remind Me of Indie Films
I’ve always said that music and film go hand in hand and for me, these songs take me back to the movies from which I first heard them. By the way, can you name the indie film that the above image is from? The one too is all about the music. Enjoy:
"Can’t Help Falling in Love"/Ingrid Michaelson from Like Crazy
"There’s a Light that Never Goes Out"/The Smiths from (500) Days of Summer
"The Blowers Daughter"/Damien Rice from Closer
"New York, New York"/Carey Mulligan from Shame
"Falling Slowly"/Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova from Once
"The Scientist"/Coldplay from Wicker Park
"Bad Girls"/M.I.A. from The Bling Ring
"I’m Kissing You"/Des’ree and "Talk Show Host"/Radiohead from Romeo+Juliet
"Bittersweet Symphony"/The Verve from Cruel Intentions High-res

Playlist: 10 Songs that Remind Me of Indie Films

I’ve always said that music and film go hand in hand and for me, these songs take me back to the movies from which I first heard them. By the way, can you name the indie film that the above image is from? The one too is all about the music. Enjoy:

"Can’t Help Falling in Love"/Ingrid Michaelson from Like Crazy

"There’s a Light that Never Goes Out"/The Smiths from (500) Days of Summer

"The Blowers Daughter"/Damien Rice from Closer

"New York, New York"/Carey Mulligan from Shame

"Falling Slowly"/Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova from Once

"The Scientist"/Coldplay from Wicker Park

"Bad Girls"/M.I.A. from The Bling Ring

"I’m Kissing You"/Des’ree and "Talk Show Host"/Radiohead from Romeo+Juliet

"Bittersweet Symphony"/The Verve from Cruel Intentions

New York Film Festival (NYFF) 2014: Film Picks

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I am not going to make it up to Toronto this year for TIFF (still crying all the tears on that one) but I’m surely going to be back in NYC for NYFF. Especially since it is opening with the new film from one of my favorite directors adapting one of the most bat-shit crazy book I’ve read in awhile (Gone Girl) and it’s ending with an odd-ball character comeback story from one of the most wildly interesting directors working today (Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The main slate of 30 films for this year’s festival has been announced and from it, here are my wish list of films to check out outside of the opening and closing night selections.

"Inherent Vice"

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, John Brolin

In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. Why I’m Interested: I have pretty much jumped on the bandwagon of media outlets calling it the most anticipated film this year. I don’t know if I would go that far in a year that is seeing a new film from both Christopher Nolan and David Fincher, but the constant chatter has me interested. Plus wildcard Joaquin Phoenix always does some interesting things in front of the camera…

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"The Longest Week"

Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont lives a life of leisure in his parent’s prestigious Manhattan Hotel. In the span of one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited, and… in love.

I posted this promo photo from this film 2 years ago and lately I’ve been wondering when it would ever see the light of day. I’m not sure what the delay was but The Longest Week will be release in theaters and on VoD next month. I was interested in it then from just a photo, and I’m still interested in it now with the trailer.

This trailer is giving me “Jason-Batman is an American wannabe English Alfie and Arthur vibe with the greatest collection of WASPs since The Romanticswith seemingly just as much group intermingling. Ahh, and the great Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) lends her comedic talents for some great side-eye-ly commentary on everyone’s flaws.  Olivia Wilde co-stars as the objective of two men’s affections, Billy Crudup being that other man. 

Seems like a good time to me.

"Laggies"

A woman stuck in permanent adolescence lies to her fiancé about going on a retreat and spends the time hanging out with friends instead.

I had the pleasure of seeing this cute little indie from Lynn Sheldon (director, Your Sister’s Sister) at Sundance 2014 and enjoying the warmth of it all. Knightley with a smooth American accent was great as a woman shedding her old high school clique to hang with current high schoolers and learn about growing up and search for fulfillment is sweet and relatable. Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz make an surprisingly charming duos, each giving of each other their experiences. More importantly, however, Sam Rockwell continues to be that actor that makes you gitty inside in whatever film you put him in.

You can see the duo of Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley, with a little Sam Rockwell added in for flavor, on screen in select US theaters October 24.            

August in Film: Must Watch List

A gritty, crime noir sequel nine years in the making is finally released, Alfred Molina and John Lithgow just want to be together on their terms, Aubrey Plaza returns from the dead to be with her boyfriend, Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass find more than they hoped to on their journey to fix their marriage, a group of college friends rally behind Jason Ritter after his failed suicide attempt, and Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan are the moden day Harry and Sally.
 

[August 8] 

"About Alex" (wide)

Director: Jesse Zwick (debut feature film)
Cast: Jason Ritter, Maggie Grace, Nate Parker, Max Greenfield, Aubrey Plaza, Max Minghella
My Grade: B [commentary]

Synopsis: When a group of old college friends reunite over a long weekend after one of them attempts suicide, old crushes and resentments shine light on their life decisions, and ultimately push friendships and relationships to the brink.

It’s a film about losing touch with the special group of friends and then finding that shared thing again… in a time when modern technology affords some many opportunities to stay in touch.  

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My Writing Process: Blog Tour

Thanks goes out to Candice over at Reel Talk for thinking of me to carry the baton of the blog tour about my process as a writer. Candice is by far one of my favorite people on twitter - insightful, funny, and a true New Yorker in the best way. I’m glad this tour has reached some of the film bloggers out there in the world who inspire me everyday to think creatively and share my passion with those around me.
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I never really consider myself a writer; I don’t think I really have that particular knack for captivating people with words. I would say rather, that I dabble in blogging with the hopes of one day being a writer. But with this blog tour, I hope to share with you how. 

What am I working on?

I spend the little time I have between my day job, my personal life, and volunteering to share my life of film through my blog. My focus is independent film and anything outside of the mainstream. I spend a lot of time applying for press credentials and traveling to film festivals (five last year!) to meet people in the industry and see the premieres of some of the most noteworthy indie films. I also write for a number of online outlets with different target audiences in addition to my own blog.

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